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While on a url address, click the wheel without rolling it and it will open the new website automatically in a new tab, window.

To zoom any picture or window, hold down the Control key with your left pinky and roll the wheel forward or backwards.

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block website

There can be any number of reasons for you to want to block a particular website.
It might be a known malicious site or a website with pages containing inappropriate material.
Whatever the reason, you can block a website (or group of websites) with just a few mouse clicks using the built in functions of your browser.
Some browsers, however, such as Internet Explorer and Google Chrome, have built-in features to do just that, while others, such as Mozilla Firefox, require an additional tool.

Start the browser and click the "Tools" menu option.
Select "Internet Options," click the "Privacy" tab then "Sites."

Type the website URL in the "Address of website" box and click "Block" in the "Per Site Privacy Actions" window.
Click "OK" and then "OK" again to save the new settings.

Google Chrome

Start the browser and click the wrench icon in the top right corner of the window.

Select "Tools" and click "Under the Hood."
Select "Change Proxy Settings," click "Security" tab and double-click the "Restricted Sites" icon.
Click "Sites," type in the website URL and click "Add."
Close all windows.

Discreetly Block a Website
If you find a friend, co-worker or your child has visited websites that cause problems on your computer, such as pop-up ads, viruses or just slowing down your computer, you will want to block those sites so they can't be accessed.
Browsers come equipped with privacy or security settings that allow you to block websites, but they don't always work well and are easy to undo.
Instead, find your computer's Host file and add the offending websites to that file.
Those sites will be blocked and, if you make the file password inaccessible, others who use your computer won't be able to undo the changes you have made.

Click "Start" in the lower left-hand corner of your computer screen, or click on the Windows emblem.
Choose "All Programs," "Accessories," then "Command Prompt."
A screen will appear.
Type "notepad C:/Windows/System32/drivers/etc/hosts" where the cursor is located, without the quotation marks.
Don't move the cursor first, just start typing.
The Host file will open in a Notepad screen.

Look for the line that says: " localhost," without the quotation marks. Under that line, enter the IP address and the name of the website you wish to block, separated by at least one space. If you wish to block more than one website, list each on an individual line.
For instance, if you wanted to block Facebook, you would type on a single line: www.facebook.com

Save the file after you have added all the websites you wish to block.
After saving it, close the file and close the command prompt screen.

Locating IP Addresses

Use the Ping command to find out the IP address of a website. On the lower left-hand corner of your screen, click on "Start." Choose "All Programs." Select "Accessories." Choose "Command Prompt."

Type "ping www.food.com" without the quotation marks.
Press the "Enter" key. A list of IP addresses will appear for that website.
High-traffic websites such as Facebook will often have a range of IP addresses.
Copy and paste the IP addresses to a separate page, such as Notepad, and save them.

Go back to the command prompt and type in the command described above for locating the Host file.
Enter each IP address and the name of the website on a separate line.
If you have six IP addresses for one site, for instance, you'll have a different IP address but the same website URL on each line.


May 05, 2013 | Computers & Internet

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I want my google home page but it disappears as soon as i find it. (rather as soon as I leave the page). How can I set it so that it will st stay my home page. ?


Good day. You can set-up google as your homepage by these steps

This is for mozilla firefox browser:

>:Open a new window and load up the first website you want to be your home page
> Click the new tab button and open the next website you want to be part of your home page group. > > Repeat this step until you're done opening all the pages that you want in new tabs.
> At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Firefox button (Tools menu in Windows XP) and then
click Options

> Select the General panel
> Click on Use Current Pages.
> Click OK to close the Options window

Then click the house icon or the home button to check i google is set as your home page

For Internet Explorer

> Click the Tools button or go to the Tools menu, then select Internet Options. The Internet Options
window will open (pictured right).
> In the Home page section, change the address to the desired home page using one of the
following methods:
1. Enter the URL Manually If you know the address of the home page you can simply type it
2. Use Current Click this button to use the page which is currently open in Internet Explorer.

3. Use Default Click this button to revert to the page which was installed with the browser.
4. Use blank Click this button to have no home page at all.
> When you have finished updating the home page address, click OK.

Hope this information resolve your issue. Have a great day and thanks for visiting Fixya.

May 23, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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I have accidently blocked my profile pictures and I do not know how to fix it could you help me?

Hi, Please try the below steps if you are using Internet explorer as browser:- 1. Go to the "Tools" menu
2. Choose "Options"
3. Click on the "Content" tab
4. Across from "Load images automatically" click "Exceptions"
5. Highlight the Facebook URL
6. Click "Remove site"
7. Close the Exceptions window
8. Click "OK"
9. Restart your browser
And if you are using Mozilla Firefox please try the below steps:- 1. Go to the "Tools" menu
2. Choose "Options"
3. Click on the "Content" tab
4. Across from "Load images automatically" click "Exceptions"
5. Highlight the Facebook URL
6. Click "Remove site"
7. Close the Exceptions window
8. Click "OK"
9. Restart your browser
If you don't see an "Options" selection in the "Tools" menu, you will need to follow these steps:
1. Go to the "Firefox" menu
2. Choose "Preferences"
3. Click on the "Content" tab
4. Across from "Load images automatically" click "Exceptions"
5. Highlight the Facebook URL
6. Click "Remove site"
7. Close the Exceptions window
8. Click "OK"
9. Restart your browser

Best wishes for your effort.Thank you for your time and patience.

Nov 12, 2010 | Facebook Social Network

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How to automatically open links?

I don't call it automatic (I really would be disturbed if links did open on their own) but right clicking on an active link should give you the option of 'Copy Shortcut.' Left-clicking on that copies the URL to the clipboard.
I prefer to open links in separate tabs instead of losing the site I am viewing.
You can then in turn, paste it into the address bar.
This avoids the necessity of manually marking and copying at least.

Aug 24, 2008 | Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

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